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Joseph Gerald PLONSKY

M, #I9901, b. 07 August 1907, d. 29 December 1990

Family

Marriage 1 : Lillian Esther GEISSLER m. 13 September 1931 New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA, b. 28 July 1911, d. 28 July 1980

Notes:

United States Social Security Death Index"
Given Name: Gerald
Middle Name: J
Surname: Plonsky
Name Suffix:
Birth Date: 7 August 1907
Social Security Number: 433-01-6015
State: Louisiana
Last Place of Residence: Metairie, Jefferson, Louisiana
Previous Residence Postal Code: 70003
Event Date: 29 December 1990
Age: 83

Sources

  1. 1910 Census online,
  2. Findagrave.com, Website

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Annie Wise PLONSKY

F, #I9902, b. 09 August 1911, d. 03 April 2010

Family

Marriage 1 : Bert E DAVIS m. 08 October 1933 Washington, St Landry, Louisiana, USA

  1.    David B DAVIS
  2.    Judy DAVIS
  3.    Jill Ellen DAVIS

Notes:

From Legacy.com

Annie Wise Plonsky Davis "We loved her so much." Aug. 9, 1911 - Apr. 3, 2010 Annie Wise Plonsky Davis passed away peacefully on April 3, 2010 at the age of 98+ in Austin, Texas. Her husband, Bert E. Davis, MD, the love of her life for 73 years, preceded her, as did their beloved daughter, Jill. Annie Wise lived a remarkable life, being one of the beauties at LSU and serving as president of the Denton Medical Wives' auxiliary. Her ability to make lifelong friends in an instant, is what really set her apart. The minute you met her, you loved her, and she'd love you back. Annie Wise was born in Washington, LA., on August 9, 1911, to Samuel and Maude Plonsky. Her father owned the local opera house which provided the perfect venue for Annie and her four siblings to show off their impromptu creativity and wonderful Louisiana personalities. Her connection to her childhood and family memories in Louisiana stayed with her always. After graduating from LSU, she married Bert and devoted her life to him and their children. They spent most of their lives in Denton, Texas, where they were beloved members of the community for approximately 50 years. After Bert's retirement, they moved to Austin in 1996. She is survived by a son, Dr. David B. Davis and his wife Kalani of Camas, Washington; and daughter, Judy Waxman and her husband Bill of Austin; ten grandchildren; four great-grandchildren (and a fifth on the way); and two great-great-grandchildren.

Sources

  1. 1920 Census online, From FamilySearch.org
  2. Jewishgen.org,

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Myrtle PLONSKY

F, #I9903, b. 13 September 1917, d. 05 January 1985

Family

Marriage 1 : Bernard (Irving) ZOLLER

Sources

  1. 1920 Census online, From FamilySearch.org
  2. Jewishgen.org,

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Jacob PLONSKY

M, #I9904, b. 30 April 1847, d. 11 July 1920

Family

Marriage 1 : Caroline ALEXANDER , b. 27 July 1846, d. 1925

  1. Samuel Morris PLONSKY, b. 27 December 1874, d. 22 July 1936
  2.    Ella PLONSKY, b. abt. 1881
  3.    Willie PLONSKY, b. abt. 1880

Sources

  1. 1900 Census online,

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Caroline ALEXANDER

F, #I9905, b. 27 July 1846, d. 1925

Family

Marriage 1 : Jacob PLONSKY , b. 30 April 1847, d. 11 July 1920

  1. Samuel Morris PLONSKY, b. 27 December 1874, d. 22 July 1936
  2.    Ella PLONSKY, b. abt. 1881
  3.    Willie PLONSKY, b. abt. 1880

Sources

  1. 1900 Census online,
  2. Sid Salinger, website, www.sidsalinger.com
  3. Jill Chesler, private research, Found on Geni.com

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Ella PLONSKY

F, #I9906, b. abt. 1881

Sources

  1. 1900 Census online,

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Willie PLONSKY

M, #I9907, b. abt. 1880

Sources

  1. 1880 Census online,

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Solomon WISE

M, #I9908, b. 1824

Family

Marriage 1 : Fanny TRUSKALASKI m. 06 July 1849, b. 30 December 1828, d. February 1897

  1. Annie WISE, b. 01 November 1850, d. 02 March 1910
  2. Isaac WISE, b. 1853, d. 1936
  3. Hattie WISE
  4. Elijah (Eli) WISE, b. 05 December 1863, d. 1907

Notes:

SOLOMON WISE
Abbeville, LA

http://www.vermilionhistorical.com/features/presentations/eli_wise_hom e/eli_wise_home.htm

Solomon Wise was born in Russia, May 26, 1824. He emigrated to
America in 1854, locating, at Perry's Bridge, Vermilion parish,
Louisiana,where he became all itinerant merchant in the dry goods
line. In 1859 he located in Abbeville and opened a store with
a stock of general merchandise. In this business he has continued
until the presenttime. Mr. Wise came to Vermilion parish when
it was sparsely settled and has been largely instrumental in
building up the country. He is very successful in his business
affairs. Beginning with a very small capital he has added to it
until now he is the most extensive dealer and the largest
business man in the town of Abbeville. His stock of general
merchandise is worth fifteen thousand dollars. He has also
two thousand acres of land, besides a sugar plantation of
about seventeen hundred acres. He owns a residence and business
property in Abbeville assessed at forty thousand dollars. He was
married in Europe before he came to America, in 1849, to Miss
Fanny Truskalaski. To them have been born four chlidlren,
two sons and two daughters, viz: Anna, wife of J. A. Bergman;
Isaac, Harriet, wife of L. Sakaloski; Eli.
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From New Orleans Jewish history http://archive.org/stream/historyofjewsofl00jewi/historyofjewsofl00jew i_djvu.txt
Mr. Wise iias been a resident of .Abbeville 50 years.
He has taken alwavs a deep interest in the welfare of
his people, both at home and abroad. Some six or
seven years ago he assumed charge of the Lafayette
Jewish burial asociation. The organization then was
in a state of chaos and the cemetery practically abandoned
and given over as a grazing place for cattle. Through
bis efforts all this was changed and the place has been
converted into a model cemetery for the dead

Sources

  1. Sid Salinger, website, www.sidsalinger.com
  2. vermilion history online (for Abbeville, Louisiana), www.vermilionhistorical.com and for the Wise family:http://www.vermilionhistorical.com/features/presentations/eli_wise_home/eli_wise_home.htm 
  3. New Orleans Jewish History, book online, see citation, http://archive.org/stream/historyofjewsofl00jewi/historyofjewsofl00jewi_djvu.txt 

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Fanny TRUSKALASKI

F, #I9909, b. 30 December 1828, d. February 1897

Family

Marriage 1 : Solomon WISE m. 06 July 1849, b. 1824

  1. Annie WISE, b. 01 November 1850, d. 02 March 1910
  2. Isaac WISE, b. 1853, d. 1936
  3. Hattie WISE
  4. Elijah (Eli) WISE, b. 05 December 1863, d. 1907

Sources

  1. Sid Salinger, website, www.sidsalinger.com
  2. vermilion history online (for Abbeville, Louisiana), www.vermilionhistorical.com and for the Wise family:http://www.vermilionhistorical.com/features/presentations/eli_wise_home/eli_wise_home.htm 

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Leib HEYMAN

M, #I9910

Family

Marriage 1 : Raschen KRUGER

  1. Rose (Rosa) HEYMAN, b. 07 December 1849, d. 24 June 1908

Sources

  1. Steve Spangehl, private research,

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Raschen KRUGER

F, #I9911

Family

Marriage 1 : Leib HEYMAN

  1. Rose (Rosa) HEYMAN, b. 07 December 1849, d. 24 June 1908

Sources

  1. Steve Spangehl, private research,

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Lizzie BRAUER

F, #I9912, b. 07 October 1876, d. 24 January 1935

Family

Marriage 1 : Louis (Lanie) BERGMAN m. 31 January 1894 Angelina, Texas, USA, b. 13 July 1871, d. 07 October 1944

  1.    Crystal BERGMAN, b. abt. 1895
  2.    Thelma BERGMAN, b. abt. 1897
  3. Theo B BERGMAN, b. 10 February 1901, d. 26 February 1988

Sources

  1. Steve Spangehl, private research,

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Crystal BERGMAN

F, #I9913, b. abt. 1895

Sources

  1. Steve Spangehl, private research,

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Thelma BERGMAN

F, #I9914, b. abt. 1897

Sources

  1. Steve Spangehl, private research,

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Theo B BERGMAN

F, #I9915, b. 10 February 1901, d. 26 February 1988

Family

Marriage 1 : Ottis Malcolm LOWE m. 1920, b. 14 May 1897

  1.    Estelle Elizabeth (Beth) LOWE, b. 10 January 1921, d. 04 February 1997
  2. Beverly Ann LOWE, b. 30 August 1925, d. 11 February 2009

Sources

  1. Steve Spangehl, private research,

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Fannye E EHRMAN

F, #I9916, b. 21 March 1877, d. 19 July 1966

Family

Marriage 1 : Jack BERGMAN , b. abt. 1871, d. 09 February 1938

Sources

  1. Steve Spangehl, private research,

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Solomon EHRMAN

M, #I9917, b. 22 March 1844, d. 25 June 1931

Family

Marriage 1 : Sarah ADLER , d. 29 April 1885

  1. Fannye E EHRMAN, b. 21 March 1877, d. 19 July 1966

Sources

  1. Steve Spangehl, private research,
  2. Missouri death records online at http://www.sos.mo.gov, Online death certificates

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Sarah ADLER

F, #I9918, d. 29 April 1885

Family

Marriage 1 : Solomon EHRMAN , b. 22 March 1844, d. 25 June 1931

  1. Fannye E EHRMAN, b. 21 March 1877, d. 19 July 1966

Sources

  1. Steve Spangehl, private research,
  2. Findagrave.com, Website

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Joel EHRMAN

M, #I9919

Family

Marriage 1 : Barbara WERTHEIMER

  1. Solomon EHRMAN, b. 22 March 1844, d. 25 June 1931

Sources

  1. Missouri death records online at http://www.sos.mo.gov, Online death certificates

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Barbara WERTHEIMER

F, #I9920

Family

Marriage 1 : Joel EHRMAN

  1. Solomon EHRMAN, b. 22 March 1844, d. 25 June 1931

Sources

  1. Missouri death records online at http://www.sos.mo.gov, Online death certificates

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Joseph P ELLIS

M, #I9921, b. August 1869

Family

Marriage 1 : Lena BERGMAN m. 29 May 1897 Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, USA, b. 17 April 1873, d. 22 January 1898

  1.    Lena ELLIS, b. 1898

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Nn BERGMAN

?, #I9922, b. 28 August 1910, d. 29 August 1910

Sources

  1. Steve Spangehl, private research,

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Rudolph Ruvean GREENBAUM

M, #I9923, b. 27 January 1912, d. 01 October 1994

Family

Marriage 1 : Rose BERGMAN m. 22 November 1931 Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, USA, b. 24 August 1912, d. 14 July 1988

  1.    Alan Joel GREENBAUM, b. 11 January 1934, d. 12 June 1982

Sources

  1. Steve Spangehl, private research,

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George GREENBAUM

M, #I9924

Family

Marriage 1 : Caroline COHEN

  1. Rudolph Ruvean GREENBAUM, b. 27 January 1912, d. 01 October 1994

Sources

  1. Steve Spangehl, private research,

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Caroline COHEN

F, #I9925

Family

Marriage 1 : George GREENBAUM

  1. Rudolph Ruvean GREENBAUM, b. 27 January 1912, d. 01 October 1994

Sources

  1. Steve Spangehl, private research,

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Alan Joel GREENBAUM

M, #I9926, b. 11 January 1934, d. 12 June 1982

Sources

  1. Steve Spangehl, private research,

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Rudolph COHEN

M, #I9927, b. 1910

Family

Marriage 1 : Marilee BERGMAN m. 16 November 1931, b. abt. 1915

Sources

  1. Steve Spangehl, private research,

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Blanche O

F, #I9928

Family

Marriage 1 : Herman (Hyman) BERGMAN , b. 07 August 1885, d. 15 July 1940

Sources

  1. Steve Spangehl, private research,
  2. 1910 Census online,

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NN

M, #I9929

Family

Marriage 1 : NN

  1. Blanche O

Sources

  1. 1910 Census online,

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NN

F, #I9930

Family

Marriage 1 : NN

  1. Blanche O

Sources

  1. 1910 Census online,

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Ottis Malcolm LOWE

M, #I9931, b. 14 May 1897

Family

Marriage 1 : Theo B BERGMAN m. 1920, b. 10 February 1901, d. 26 February 1988

  1.    Estelle Elizabeth (Beth) LOWE, b. 10 January 1921, d. 04 February 1997
  2. Beverly Ann LOWE, b. 30 August 1925, d. 11 February 2009

Sources

  1. Steve Spangehl, private research,

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Estelle Elizabeth (Beth) LOWE

F, #I9932, b. 10 January 1921, d. 04 February 1997

Sources

  1. Steve Spangehl, private research,

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Beverly Ann LOWE

F, #I9933, b. 30 August 1925, d. 11 February 2009

Family

Marriage 1 : Richard Carson MOORE , b. 17 February 1927, d. 19 October 2003

Sources

  1. Steve Spangehl, private research,

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Lena ELLIS

F, #I9934, b. 1898

Sources

  1. Steve Spangehl, private research,
  2. 1900 Census online,

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J.h. WISE

M, #I9935

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Minnie A. R. BERGMAN

F, #I9936, b. 08 April 1852, d. 10 January 1904

Family

Marriage 1 : Barnet COHEN , b. 17 March 1851, d. 14 April 1896

  1. Gilbert Cohen SHAW, b. 02 September 1874, d. 28 January 1952
  2. Lena COHEN, b. 18 May 1873, d. 21 June 1950
  3. Maurice (Morris) B COHEN, b. 05 March 1876, d. 11 June 1939
  4. Jacob Barnett (Shaw) COHEN, b. 22 May 1879, d. 16 March 1956
  5. Aaron H COHEN, b. 24 August 1882, d. 01 September 1939
  6. Joseph Henry Cohen SHAW, b. 20 May 1884, d. 20 January 1956
  7. Dora COHEN, b. abt. 1885, d. 14 October 1963
  8. Charles Bergman COHEN, b. 15 December 1886
  9. Ida Nadine COHEN, b. 03 November 1888
  10. Rose COHEN, b. 08 January 1878, d. 04 December 1973

Notes:

Name: Rosa Cohen
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1880
Event Place: New York, New York, New York, United States
Gender: Female
Age: 2
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: At Home
Race (Original):
Ethnicity: American
Relationship to Head of Household: Daughter
Birthplace: New York, United States
Birth Date: 1878
Spouse's Name:
Spouse's Birthplace:
Father's Name: Barnet Cohen
Father's Birthplace: Poland
Mother's Name: Minnie Cohen
Mother's Birthplace: Poland
Page: 490
Page Letter: C
Entry Number: 1310
Affiliate Film Number: T9-0875
GS Film number: 1254875
Digital Folder Number: 004242243
Image Number: 00625
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Self Barnet Cohen M 29 Poland
Wife Minnie Cohen F 28 Poland
Daughter Lena Cohen F 7 New York, United States
Son Gilbert Cohen M 6 New York, United States
Son Moses Cohen M 4 New York, United States
Daughter Rosa Cohen F 2 New York, United States
Son Jacob Cohen M 1 New York, United States

Name: Minnie Cohen
Titles and Terms:
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1900
Event Place: ED 13 Precinct 2 Kansas City Ward 1, Jackson, Missouri, United States
Birth Date: Apr 1854
Birthplace: Russia
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Father's Birthplace: Russia
Mother's Birthplace: Russia
Race: White
Gender: Female
Marital Status: Widowed
Years Married:
Marriage Year (Estimated):
Mother of how many children: 14
Number of Living Children: 10
Immigration Year: 1870
Page: 5
Sheet Letter: B
Family Number: 104
Reference ID: 51
GS Film number: 1240860
Digital Folder Number: 004118788
Image Number: 00862
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Minnie Cohen F 46 Russia
Son Jacob Cohen M 21 New York
Son Aaron Cohen M 18 Missouri
Son Joseph Cohen M 16 Missouri
Daughter Dora Cohen F 15 Missouri
Son Charles Cohen M 14 Missouri
Daughter Ida Cohen F 11 Missouri

Sources

  1. 1880 Census online,
  2. Gone But Not Forgotten by Anita Loeb,

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Barnet COHEN

M, #I9937, b. 17 March 1851, d. 14 April 1896

Family

Marriage 1 : Minnie A. R. BERGMAN , b. 08 April 1852, d. 10 January 1904

  1. Gilbert Cohen SHAW, b. 02 September 1874, d. 28 January 1952
  2. Lena COHEN, b. 18 May 1873, d. 21 June 1950
  3. Maurice (Morris) B COHEN, b. 05 March 1876, d. 11 June 1939
  4. Jacob Barnett (Shaw) COHEN, b. 22 May 1879, d. 16 March 1956
  5. Aaron H COHEN, b. 24 August 1882, d. 01 September 1939
  6. Joseph Henry Cohen SHAW, b. 20 May 1884, d. 20 January 1956
  7. Dora COHEN, b. abt. 1885, d. 14 October 1963
  8. Charles Bergman COHEN, b. 15 December 1886
  9. Ida Nadine COHEN, b. 03 November 1888
  10. Rose COHEN, b. 08 January 1878, d. 04 December 1973

Notes:

Sarah Cohen in household of Wolfe Cohen, "United States Census, 1880"
Name: Sarah Cohen
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1880
Event Place: Leadville, Lake, Colorado, United States
Gender: Female
Age: 10
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: At School
Race (Original):
Ethnicity: American
Relationship to Head of Household: Daughter
Birthplace: New York, United States
Birth Date: 1870
Spouse's Name:
Spouse's Birthplace:
Father's Name: Wolfe Cohen
Father's Birthplace: Poland
Mother's Name: Leah Cohen
Mother's Birthplace: Poland
Page: 393
Page Letter: A
Entry Number: 3044
Affiliate Film Number: T9-0091
GS Film number: 1254091
Digital Folder Number: 004240003
Image Number: 00371
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Self Wolfe Cohen M 33 Poland
Wife Leah Cohen F 32 Poland
Son Jacob Cohen M 14 Poland
Daughter Sarah Cohen F 10 New York, United States
Son David Cohen M 4 New York, United States
Son Isaac Cohen M 1 Indiana, United States
Mother Rachel Cohen F 53 Poland
Other John Watson M 35 Maine, United States
Other Frank Leavitt M 22 Maine, United States
Sources

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Bernhard Goldstein, "United States Census, 1870"
Name: Bernhard Goldstein
Birth Year (Estimated): 1842
Gender: Male
Age (Original): 28y
Race: White
Birthplace: Russia
Event Place: New York, United States
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Bernhard Goldstein M 28y Russia
Calda Goldstein F 23y Russia
Henrietta Goldstein F 3y New York
Rosa Goldstein F 10y New York
Barnard Cohen M 20y Poland

The senior Morris Cohen Cohn who lived in cripple creek might be related to Barnett. Here is information on his grandson

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Morris Cohn, 69, died on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at The Reserve at Balfour, in Louisville. As typical of his tenacious spirit, he fought a long, courageous battle against Alzheimer's disease. Morris was born in Denver on October 24, 1940, and lived most of his adult life in Boulder. While growing up, he spent his summers at Camp Nebagamon in the north woods of Wisconsin. He graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Morris started his career working for The Denver Agency insurance company that his father, Norman Cohn, founded. In 1969 he quit his job to go to India and study with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, where he became a teacher of Transcendental Meditation (TM). He spent the next several decades teaching more than 1000 people to meditate and dedicating his life to spiritual development. A man ahead of his time, in 1970 Morris founded The Grainary in Denver, one of the first natural food stores in Colorado. He worked as a realtor and real estate investor the last 20 years of his working life. Morris had a passion for Vedic studies, traveling to India, fishing, and for listening to music, which helped get him through the years of his illness. He was an avid gardener and had an encyclopedic knowledge of history and political science. But most of all, he was a gentle soul whose joyful spirit touched everyone he came in contact with. He will be greatly missed by his beloved family and many friends. A few years ago when he was asked what it was like living with Alzheimer's disease he responded, "In this life I'm doing the best I can and I'll continue to with friends and family. I want to be treated like any other human being. My message to others is try to find your own happiness and do the best you can." Morris is survived by his wife, Barbra; his 3 children: Bobette Cohn, Ari and his wife Ronit Cohn, and Hillary Cohn Aizenman and her husband Daniel Aizenman; brother Amertat Cohn and his wife Julia; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jeff and Anne Levine; mother-in-law Thelma Levine; and several nephews, nieces and cousins. Funeral services will be held 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, September 2, at Crist Mortuary, 3395 Penrose Pl., Boulder, Colorado 80301, (303) 442-4411. Contributions may be made in Morris's name to the Alzheimer's Association or the Allied Jewish Federation. To leave remembrances visit www.cristmortuary.com.

Morris:
ame: Morris Kohn
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1885
Event Place: Leadville, Lake, Colorado, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 13
Birth Year (Estimated): 1872
Death Month:
Death Year (Estimated):
Schedule Type: Population
Household ID: 633
Line Number: 43
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Page: 59
GS Film number: 498507
Digital Folder Number: 004640517
Image Number: 00232
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Martin Kohn M 54 abt 1831
Wife Jessie Kohn F 38
Son Louis Kohn M 15
Son Morris Kohn M 13
Son Ben Kohn M 10
Son Jacob Kohn M 7
Daughter Rebeca Kohn F 5

Sources

  1. Gone But Not Forgotten by Anita Loeb,
  2. 1880 Census online,

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Lena COHEN

F, #I9938, b. 18 May 1873, d. 21 June 1950

Family

Marriage 1 : Morris HELZBERG , b. 09 October 1867, d. 30 January 1992

Marriage 2 : Morris HELZBERG m. 12 April 1891 Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, USA, b. 09 October 1867, d. 30 January 1992

  1. Barnett C HELZBERG, b. 21 December 1902, d. 30 July 1976
  2. Gilbert HELZBERG, b. 19 May 1894, d. 05 October 1934
  3. Henry Morton HELZBERG, b. 28 December 1892, d. 11 December 1952
  4. Elsa HELZBERG
  5. Bernice Reba HELZBERG

Sources

  1. 1880 Census online,
  2. Missouri death records online at http://www.sos.mo.gov, Online death certificates
  3. Jackson County Missouri marriage records online, http://records.jacksongov.org/results.asp
  4. Gone But Not Forgotten by Anita Loeb,

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Morris HELZBERG

M, #I9939, b. 09 October 1867, d. 30 January 1992

Family

Marriage 1 : Lena COHEN , b. 18 May 1873, d. 21 June 1950

Marriage 2 : Lena COHEN m. 12 April 1891 Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, USA, b. 18 May 1873, d. 21 June 1950

  1. Barnett C HELZBERG, b. 21 December 1902, d. 30 July 1976
  2. Gilbert HELZBERG, b. 19 May 1894, d. 05 October 1934
  3. Henry Morton HELZBERG, b. 28 December 1892, d. 11 December 1952
  4. Elsa HELZBERG
  5. Bernice Reba HELZBERG

Notes:

Company Perspectives:

Our mission: to serve each and every customer in a very special way, always reflecting our 86-year heritage of excellence and value. Key Dates:

Key Dates:

1915:
Morris Helzberg opens first jewelry store.
1932:
Barnett Helzberg expands Kansas City store despite Depression.
1967:
Helzberg's "I Am Loved" ad campaign provokes nationwide attention.
1988:
First company president from outside Helzberg family is hired.
1995:
Helzberg chain is bought by Berkshire Hathaway.
Company History:

Helzberg Diamonds is one of the country's largest jewelry retailers, with a chain of some 200 stores nationwide. The firm began in Kansas City, and gradually expanded to become the largest jewelry chain in the Midwest. Helzberg now has a presence in most of the 50 states, with locations primarily in enclosed shopping malls and strip malls. Its stores are Helzberg Diamond Shops and a sister chain of larger format stores called Jewelry3. The retail chain was operated by the descendants of founder Morris Helzberg until 1995, when it was sold to Berkshire Hathaway, the holding company of investor Warren Buffett.

From Father to Son: 1910s-20s

The nationwide chain that became Helzberg Diamond Shops Inc. began as a small jewelry store in Kansas City, opened in 1915 by a Russian immigrant, Morris Helzberg. Helzberg had five children, two girls and three boys. The children helped out in the shop, and the whole family was involved in making decisions regarding the business. Within a few years of starting the store, Morris Helzberg suffered a disabling stroke. His oldest son, Morton, was away at college studying dentistry, and the next oldest son, Gilbert, was soon to be shipped out to fight in World War I. The responsibility for running the family business fell to the youngest of the five children, Barnett, who was all of 14 years old. An uncle ran the store during the day, and Barnett took over when he got out of school at three o'clock. This seemed like it should have been a temporary arrangement until Gilbert returned from overseas. But when the older brother came back to Kansas City, he found that Barnett relished working in the store, and was full of plans for expansion. The rent on the original store was something around $30 a month. Barnett wanted to lease a bigger place, for $150 a month. This was a quite a jump in rent, but the teenage Barnett eventually prevailed. In 1920 he opened his own shop, called Shaw Diamond Shop, in the more expensive space, while Gilbert ran the original store. Within only a few months, Shaw Diamond was doing as much business as the old shop. Brother Gilbert decided to shut the old store and join Barnett in the new place, renamed Helzberg Diamonds.

Barnett was ambitious, and a big fan of advertising. He spent thousands of dollars on newspaper ads, some of which featured the two brothers' serious faces, with the slogan "Meet the Helzberg Boys, Wear Diamonds." Gilbert was seemingly content to keep the business as it was, but Barnett was full of bold advertising campaigns and such gimmicks as free car and airplane rides for customers who made significant purchases. Barnett began offering customers payment plans by the mid-1920s, so they could buy on credit. This allowed the store to sell to people who might not otherwise be able to afford Helzberg jewelry. By the mid-1920s, the Helzberg brothers had grown into a small chain of stores. Gilbert opened a shop in Wichita, and Barnett moved the Kansas City store to a new location and opened another store in Topeka, Kansas. In 1928 Barnett opened another bigger store in Kansas City.

Expansion in the Midwest in the 1930s and 1940s

Note: there is some mistake with the Shaw Jewelry company, the name poss. started by Rosa Cohen's husband carried on in Dallas, Texas

The prosperity of the 1920s gave way to the Great Depression after the stock market crashed in 1929. Barnett Helzberg continued to run his stores undeterred. He married the daughter of another prominent Kansas City jeweler in 1930, and in 1932, despite the poor economic conditions, he began a major overhaul of the flagship Helzberg store. Helzberg's doubling of the size of its 11th and Walnut Street store was the single major business expansion in Kansas City for that year. The scope of the job was so extraordinary in view of the overall business climate that Helzberg's cabinet maker hung a huge placard in front of the jewelry store announcing how many men were at work and boasting that the cabinet plant was running at full capacity. Barnett Helzberg continued to run the small jewelry chain with panache, dreaming up more eye-catching promotions such as offering special deals on children's bicycles. He also advertised on the radio, sponsoring a popular weekly music show. Gilbert Helzberg died in 1934, in an automobile accident. Barnett Helzberg then purchased Gilbert's Wichita store, and a few years later opened a new location in Des Moines, Iowa. The firm lost money one year during the Depression, but otherwise weathered the downturn well. By 1940, the chain of five stores was deemed the largest jewelry business in the Midwest.

Sources

  1. Gone But Not Forgotten by Anita Loeb,

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Ida BLENDER

F, #I9940

Family

Marriage 1 : UNKNOWN

  1. Morris HELZBERG, b. 09 October 1867, d. 30 January 1992

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Barnett C HELZBERG

M, #I9941, b. 21 December 1902, d. 30 July 1976

Family

Marriage 1 : Gladys FELD m. 18 September 1930 Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, USA, b. 20 November 1905, d. 07 July 1973

Sources

  1. Jackson County Missouri marriage records online, http://records.jacksongov.org/results.asp

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Gilbert HELZBERG

M, #I9942, b. 19 May 1894, d. 05 October 1934

Family

Marriage 1 : Doris BLENDER

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Doris BLENDER

F, #I9943

Family

Marriage 1 : Gilbert HELZBERG , b. 19 May 1894, d. 05 October 1934

Sources

  1. Gone But Not Forgotten by Anita Loeb,

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Gladys FELD

F, #I9944, b. 20 November 1905, d. 07 July 1973

Family

Marriage 1 : Barnett C HELZBERG m. 18 September 1930 Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, USA, b. 21 December 1902, d. 30 July 1976

Sources

  1. Gone But Not Forgotten by Anita Loeb,
  2. Jackson County Missouri marriage records online, http://records.jacksongov.org/results.asp

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Leo H FELD

M, #I9945, b. 02 February 1867, d. 17 May 1941

Family

Marriage 1 : Lottie GOLDBERGER , b. 15 August 1870, d. 11 June 1924

  1. Gladys FELD, b. 20 November 1905, d. 07 July 1973
  2. Ervin FELD, b. 02 September 1897, d. 09 July 1988
  3.    Milton H FELD, b. 17 November 1893, d. 07 September 1947

Sources

  1. Gone But Not Forgotten by Anita Loeb,

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Lottie GOLDBERGER

F, #I9946, b. 15 August 1870, d. 11 June 1924

Family

Marriage 1 : Leo H FELD , b. 02 February 1867, d. 17 May 1941

  1. Gladys FELD, b. 20 November 1905, d. 07 July 1973
  2. Ervin FELD, b. 02 September 1897, d. 09 July 1988
  3.    Milton H FELD, b. 17 November 1893, d. 07 September 1947

Sources

  1. Gone But Not Forgotten by Anita Loeb,

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Henry Morton HELZBERG

M, #I9947, b. 28 December 1892, d. 11 December 1952

Family

Marriage 1 : Hortense SCHWEITZER , b. 15 October 1896, d. 04 November 1971

  1. James Morton HELZBERG, b. 01 January 1923, d. 14 September 1991
  2. Howard Joseph Henry HELZBERG, b. 20 December 1926, d. 10 November 1996
  3. Marion HELZBERG, d. 24 September 2013

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Hortense SCHWEITZER

F, #I9948, b. 15 October 1896, d. 04 November 1971

Family

Marriage 1 : Henry Morton HELZBERG , b. 28 December 1892, d. 11 December 1952

  1. James Morton HELZBERG, b. 01 January 1923, d. 14 September 1991
  2. Howard Joseph Henry HELZBERG, b. 20 December 1926, d. 10 November 1996
  3. Marion HELZBERG, d. 24 September 2013

Sources

  1. Gone But Not Forgotten by Anita Loeb,
  2. Jewishgen.org,

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Jacob SCHWEITZER

M, #I9949, b. 13 December 1859

Family

Marriage 1 : Minnie JOSEPH m. 21 January 1891, b. 19 January 1867, d. 10 June 1919

  1. Hortense SCHWEITZER, b. 15 October 1896, d. 04 November 1971

Sources

  1. Gone But Not Forgotten by Anita Loeb,
  2. Jewishgen.org,

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Minnie JOSEPH

F, #I9950, b. 19 January 1867, d. 10 June 1919

Family

Marriage 1 : Jacob SCHWEITZER m. 21 January 1891, b. 13 December 1859

  1. Hortense SCHWEITZER, b. 15 October 1896, d. 04 November 1971

Sources

  1. Gone But Not Forgotten by Anita Loeb,
  2. Jewishgen.org,

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